David Ratner Wins Pratt Award

David Ratner, until recently Haaretz correspondent in the Haifa region, yesterday received the Pratt Award for environmental journalism in Israel.

Ratner, 42, won the award for articles he published in Haaretz, including pieces dealing with the condition of rivers and streams in Israel, a series of articles on the condition of the Kinneret shores and his expose on the initiative to turn an abandoned Palestinian quarry into an Israeli garbage dump.

The initiative was scrapped at the order of the High Court of Justice after its exposure, following the petitions submitted against it by B'Tselem and the Israel Union for Environmental Defense (Adam Teva Vedin).

Ratner worked for Haaretz for seven years. Prior to that he wrote and edited for the Schocken network of local newspapers.

Four journalists won the Pratt Award yesterday: Yifat Amiel of Channel 1; Gil Meltzer of Yedioth Ahronoth; Galia Gutman of local newspaper Kol Hadarom and Daniel Gold and Guy Pesler of the media and cinema track in the Eshel Hanassi Youth Village.

The Pratt Awards were given for the fourth year by the Pratt Foundation of Australia and the Heschel Center for Environmental Learning and Leadership, of Israel, to raise awareness for the environmental crisis in Israel.